Happy Wednesday! As I’m getting closer and closer to moving day, I wanted to write a quick haul that I made this time last week, and talk about my thoughts for each of these products. It likely doesn’t need explaining, but all of these are products I bought myself. I didn’t have any specific plans to buy any of these products with the exception of one, which you can probably guess which it is. Without further ado though, let’s jump in with my pre-move haul.
Starting with The Body Shop, I picked up two full size products that were part of a ‘buy one, get one half price’. I went into the store with the intention of just using up as much of the loose change in my wallet as I could, as my recent taxi trips from the train station to my apartment after visiting my family left me with more change than I knew what to do with.
A body care product I forget to buy and make a habit of using are body scrubs, particularly as it could help speed up the healing process of my body acne. I specifically picked out the Shea Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub, as the scent was really gentle for my nose (a bigger factor than I wish it was), and the texture is a nice mixture of grainy yet creamy.
I gave a lot of the other body scrubs a sniff from their ‘try me’ jars, and a lot of them had really strong scents that weren’t nice for my nose, but this is one that was more on the subtle side.
Out of curiosity, I picked up the Fuji Green Tea Scrub Shampoo, which I plan to use periodically like a clarifying treatment for my hair. One of the initial concerns with a scrub for the hair is the risk with leftover scrub being left behind in the hair. The assistant I spoke with explained to me that this scrub lathers up and she didn’t have issues with leftover residue even though her hair was on the thicker side, just like mine. I figured this was going to be fun to try out nonetheless, so I plan to review this in the future.
Both of these jars are products I don’t plan to open until after the move, but I wanted to pick them up while I had the motivation to.
A little less exciting, but the assistant I spoke with about the Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub also prepared a couple of sample tubs, which have the Fuji Green Tea Refreshingly Purifying Shampoo and Refreshingly Hydrating Conditioner. I plan to try these out the next time I wash my hair (as of the time I’m writing) so I can decide if I want to replace my current shampoo and conditioner with these hair products, although I will wait to [hypothetically] have the full bottles to review them, rather than write a first impression off of these samples.
It really impressed me that the assistant offered to provide the sample, instead of my asking awkwardly. I appreciate it went sales assistants recognise that a lot of customers aren’t necessarily going to spend money on a full size product and that samples can bring in great returns. As someone with social anxiety, it feels better to have someone politely offer to provide a sample, than find a way to ask and wrestle with my own mind on how to appropriately bring up the question. I’m always really grateful to receive samples, and even if I don’t write up posts on those samples, I do keep notes of my experiences so I can refer to them later when I am looking to fill a gap in my routine.
A pre-move purchase that I jogged my own memory for, is the Superdrug Fruity Toothbrush Holder. I will be staying with my parents the weekend leading up to the move, and staying with them to be at the apartment ahead of the movers to let them in to the new apartment, and one of the things I kicked myself for last time was keeping my bag and toothbrush clean while I traveled.
As someone who brushes their teeth twice a day, it’s rare for my toothbrush to be dry in time for when I pack it away, and it grosses me out to have my toothbrush dripping freely inside my bag, suitcase, etc. So when I was just casually looking through the makeup, hair care, etc sections in Superdrug and saw these on the top shelf of the cosmetics tools section, I made sure to pick one up. While it will be rare for me to use a toothbrush holder often, it’s the sort of thing that should realistically last me years.
The main reason I took a trip into town was the pickup some health items from Holland & Barrett. While I was browsing and trying to look for the specific bottle I needed, I was quite predictably distracted by the beauty displays. Being a tad impulsive, I picked up three shades of the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms. I currently have the Beeswax Lip Balm in my desk drawer at the moment for touch-ups, and have seen the various flavours in-store at my local Boots, but I haven’t seen the tinted lip balms in-person before. So it made me excited and I decided, rather than kick myself later, I’d pick them up and try them out. I’m not sure if the formula is anything like the beeswax formula, but I’m curious to try them all out and review them in the future.
The three shades are ‘Pink Blossom‘, ‘Hibiscus‘ and ‘Red Dahlia‘. ‘Pink Blossom‘ in my mind, is what I’ll keep in my handbag during the spring and summer, as it appears to be a soft and light pink based off the shade of the tube.
‘Hibiscus‘ based off the shade of the tube seems like the most universal shade for me, as it appears to be a medium pink, which I like to reach for year-round.
‘Red Dahlia‘ looks like a deeper shade, looking more burgundy, so I can see myself using it in autumn and winter. However, all three of these shades will be judged properly once I open them and try it out for myself. But based off my first impression based off the packaging, those were the thoughts that ran through my head when I looked at them in-store.
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